Thai Red Curry

I love Thai curries, they're actually pretty easy and relatively quick to make. So often restaurant versions can be disappointing, but I think this one is pretty good plus you can adapt it to incorporate the vegetables you like and leave out the chicken to make it vegan. Why not double the portion and freeze the leftovers for another meal? Serves 4 Ingredients - curry paste: 2 shallots, chopped 3 tbps coconut oil 1 garlic clove, chopped, 1 red chilli, chopped 2cm fresh ging

Veganuary - 2 weeks in...

I'm happy to say it's going pretty great. I don't think I've ever eaten as many vegetables or pulses in a concentrated period of time in my life and I'm smashing my ideal ten a day fruit and veg. Planning my weekly menu has been vital to keeping my sanity and keeping me on track. I have a vegetable box delivered rougly every other week which helps with supplies but will also inspire me to cook something different. If I get a vegetable that I haven't planned to eat in my rec

Winter Coleslaw

A great way to 'eat the rainbow' and pack in those veggies. Have it as a side dish, or as a main by adding in some roasted chicken, salmon or slices of avocado or tofu. Ingredients: (serves 2) 1/4 red cabbage, shredded 1/4 white cabbage, shredded 1/2 red onion, finely sliced 1 beetroot, peeled and finely sliced 1/2 pomegranite, seeds only Handful of cashew nuts toasted. Handful of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped N.B. If you want to make this into a main course, add in some

Yummy gluten free chocolate and beetroot cake.

I made this cake for my birthday, it's rich and indulgent, great for a special treat yet packed with healthy nutrients. Ingredients: (serves 10) 250g of coconut oil (or you can use unsalted butter) 250g cooked beetroot 250 dark chocolate, broken into pieces (minimum 70% cocoa) 180g coconut palm sugar 3 eggs 75g cornflour 50g raw cacao powder 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp baking powder 1 pinch sea salt Serve with natural yoghurt or creme fraiche. Method: Preheat the oven to 180

Gluten free pear and apple crumble

Fancy a crumble but worried it's not healthy, fear nt this recipe is delicious, healthy and will surely satisfy all those crumble desires on a cold, dark Autumn night. Ingredients: (serves 4) Crumble topping 180g Porridge oats 100g Walnuts, chopped 3 tbsp gluten free flour (I've used rice flour) 100ml Maple syrup 2 tbsp coconut oil 1 tsp cinnamon Fruit base 3 large seasonal comice pears, peeled, cored and cut into small chunks 3/4 large apples peeled, cored and cut into small

Roasted squash with a chilli quinoa filling.

A delicious vegan Autumn warming dish that's super easy to make. Ingredients: Serves 2 1 medium squash 50g quinoa 4 spring onions 1/2 red chilli Handful of cashews 2 cm ginger, grated Coriander, chopped Olive oil Salt and pepper Optional: 40g of feta cheese (for non vegan version) Method: You can use any type of squash for this recipe. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade or Gas mark 4/ 350F. Start by washing and drying it. Cut it in half and scoop out all the seeds

Broccoli Soup

Looking for a super easy seasonal, delicious and nutritious lunch recipe? Look no further... Ingredients (for 2 - 3 people): 2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into quarters 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets 1 medium onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, chopped finely 1 tbsp olive oil 1 pint chicken or vegetable stock Salt & pepper to season Handful of sunflower and pumpkin seeds Method: Start by heating the olive oil in a pan on the hob over a medium heat. Add in the onion a

Common nutritional deficiencies: Vitamin B9 or Folate.

Also known as Folic acid, folate is the name given to it, in it’s natural form. It’s probably best known for it’s importance in the development of a foetus’ neural tube to protect against spina bifida, yet vitamin B9 is also of great importance for all of us, not just pregnant ladies. It’s needed for cardiovascular health, the formation of healthy red blood cells, cell division, which if it’s impaired can affect growth and the normal structure of the nervous system. Vitamin

Common nutritional deficiencies: Vitamin B12

What is it and how does is affect our body? Vitamin B12 sometimes known as the ‘energy vitamin’ is of particular importance to vegetarians and vegans as it’s found in the tissues of animals and seldom in plant based foods and it is hard for the body to absorb it. So vegetarians can struggle to eat adequate amounts in their diet and vegans need to take supplements. The body can store B12 for long periods, even years, mostly in the liver, which means it can take many years be

Common Nutritional Deficiencies : Magnesium

Are you suffering from a nutritional deficiency? Would you know if you were? Most of us are aware of the government's ‘5 a day’ fruit and vegetable guideline and know that we need to incorporate certain food groups in our diet and may even take regular supplements. But are we actually sure if our bodies are getting the nutrients they need to function properly and maintain good health? I've compiled a guide to four of the moIst common nutritional deficiencies, why they are

Kids, do you fancy some avocado on sourdough - no? Chocolate - yes?

If you are lucky enough to have kids that will happily devour avocado, nuts, seeds, homemade energy balls and only drink water, then I take my hat off to you. Whilst many of us, have a long list of foods that we'd like our kids to be eating , getting them to eat it is another matter. I do have some general snack rules in our family, which have varied over the years but two I have always stuck to, I very rarely buy sweets and for many years now, we never have biscuits in the

The French connection

My passion for healthy food hasn't been a life long one. I've never been a massive junk food eater, or had a particularly sweet tooth. But when we moved to France, when the kids were four and six years old, I began to look at food in a fresh light. I realised that I was hitting middle age an it was time to start looking after myself. But it was not just age, being surrounded by markets with amazing seasonal, locally sourced foods and supermarkets stocking only fresh produce

One vegan, one gluten & dairy intolerant, one picky voracious meat eater & one wannabe gastronome...

Welcome to my family and the trials and tribulations of what, why, can, I possibly feed them, keeping them nourished and contented and my sanity in check! Now I must make clear first of all, we all love food in my family, even the fussy one of us, he just loves specific foods and isn't keen on trying new ones! Feeding a family can always get mundane, however much you love cooking, and I do - most of the time. I also know what, ideally, we should all be eating to keep us in